Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sleep Hygiene

An important lifestyle factor for your wellness is sleep hygiene. Some days it feels like "there are not enough hours in the day" and often sleep is sacrificed to accomplish your goals. However, getting adequate shut eye is essential for energy, mood, weight status and health. The goal length is 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.

Tips to improve the quality of your sleep:
  • Create a nighttime routine.
  • Make your bed comfortable and use it only for sleeping, not other activities (reading, watching TV, studying).
  • Remove all electronic from the room. 
    • I know it's difficult, we have become so attached to our technology, but it will help improve your sleep as well as reduce stress.
  • Avoid a large meal before bedtime.
  • Regular physical activity may aid in consistent sleep patterns
    • Watch the timing of your exercise since if you exercise right before bedtime, it may actually boost your energy. Plan physical activity into your schedule that it works best for you.
Sleep Well!